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STEP Certificate Program

Take the Next STEP in Your Ultrasound Education

Introducing AAPM&R’s New STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program—the Premiere Ultrasound Training Program—Designed by Physiatrists for Physiatrists

STEP stands for Skills, Training, Evaluation and Performance. The STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program is a “multi-tiered” training program that teaches and assesses MSK and neurologic ultrasound skills using a progressive, competency-based curriculum. Participants move through a series of 3 STEPs in diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, completing each component through a combination of learning formats.  Participants who complete all of the required STEPs will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Successful completion of the STEP Ultrasound Program will clearly demonstrate to your patients, fellow health care professional, employers, and the medical facilities you work with that you are a competent professional, expertly trained in ultrasound. It is the only formal, standardized training pathway available for honing and validating your ultrasound skill set.

When you earn the STEP Ultrasound Program Certificate, you:

  • Represent the highest standard in the field
  • Perform ultrasound with confidence
  • Communicate a commitment to patient care and safety
  • Enhance your career opportunities
  • Gain visibility and credibility in the field
  • Reassure patients and employers that you are committed to excellence in Ultrasound

STEP 1: Fundamentals

The STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program consists of 3 steps, with the accompanying activities associated with each step noted below.

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  1. Online Pre-test with 25 questions
    • Must be completed prior to live precourse; no minimum passing score
  2. Online Fundamentals Precourse lectures
    • Watch before attending live precourse
  3. Live Fundamentals Ultrasound Precourse at the Annual Assembly (Oct/Nov)
  4. Online Post-test with the same 25 questions as the pre-test
    • Will provide CME and Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credit
    • 70% minimum passing score required

STEP 2: Interventional

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  1. Online interval pre-test with new 25 questions
    • No minimum passing score
    • Must be completed by STEP participants to unlock and access the online program activities 
  2. Online Curriculum :
    • AMSSM videos (35 total) = 15 CME credits
    • Neuromuscular Ultrasound videos (22 total) = 6.25 CME credits
    • Ultrasound Coding and Billing online lecture = .75 CME credits
    • Case log 
  3. Live Next Step Interventional Course (16.25 MOC® Part II Self-assessment Credits)
    • Attend live course in summer 2018
    • Complete online interval post-test with the same 25 questions as pre-test
      • Will provide CME and MOC Part II self-assessment credit
      • 70% minimum passing score required

Once participants have completed the required activities from the online program and attended the Next Step Interventional Course, you will have access to Step 3.

STEP 3: Assessment and Certificate

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  1. Online Post-test with 50 questions
    • Will provide CME and MOC® Part II Self-Assessment credit
    • 80% minimum passing score required
    • Complete between completion of interventional course and Annual Assembly
  2. One-on-one hands-on assessment (live at the Annual Assembly in Oct/Nov)
    • Passing score will be required

There is no sequential order in which participants need to complete Step 3. Once you complete both components you will receive your Ultrasound STEP certificate.